wwcitizen: (Uuuuuuh)
Who looks in their spam folder anymore? It's spam. I think I peer into any of mine because I'm looking for a note from a friend who's never sent me an email. More often than not, though, those kinds of communications never land in my spam for some reason anyway. So, I rarely if ever check it.

Today, however, on a whim, I did. There's spam about adverts and the typical "Win an iPAD!" crap.  Today's spam of note was this one from a "lonely Russian".  It was a really, really creepy note written in really poor English.

I have to wonder: how many people nowadays really, truly respond to these emails anymore? Who responds specifically to the Nigerian princesses who have "one billion pounds" for someone to acquire as a result of responding with their social security number in the reply? My thought is quite a few: Wouldn't the originators stop sending them around - eventually - if such emails never garnered responses?  I think they send out the spam in the hopes of getting at least email addresses in order to send other spamming things with links to websites that inflict viruses, trojans, and worms.

The sad thing is, there are lots and lots of lonely people out there who, against their better judgement and lack of exposure, or based on the simple human desire to connect, will respond to these things. The catastrophes that could possibly ensue are numerous and most of these people will unwittingly invite an electronic vampire into their homes.
wwcitizen: (Dont Know)
Apparently, there are 12 surprising uses for Vicks VapoRub - there may be more! The 12 highlighted here are:
1. Decongest Your Chest
The most common use of Vicks is to decongest your chest and throat area. When applied to the upper chest, it provides excellent relief of cough and congestion symptoms.
2. On Your Tootsies
Applying Vicks to your feet provides nighttime cough relief. Generously rub VapoRub all over your feet and cover them with socks. Your cough will subside.
3. Achy Breaky Muscles
Vicks relieves sore, overworked muscles. It increases circulation and provides almost instant aid. Use a generous portion and apply it over the aching area.
4. Get Rid of Nasty Nail Fungus
Rub VapoRub on your toenails if you suspect you have a fungus. Within days, the nail will turn dark—this means the Vicks is killing the fungus. As your toenail grows out, the dark part will grow off and you will have fungus-free feet. Keep applying the ointment over a period of two weeks to fully cleanse nail beds of any remaining bacteria.
5. Stop Your Cat from Scratching
To prevent Miss Kitty from ruining your doors, walls, and windows, apply a small amount of VapoRub to these areas. Cats detest the smell and will steer clear. Vicks can also be applied to your arms and legs if your kitty is prone to scratching you.
6. Pet Pee-Pee Deterrent
If your dog or cat is not yet potty trained, put an open bottle of Vicks on the area he or she likes to mark as their territory. The smell will discourage them from lifting their legs and wetting your rug.
7. Headaches Be Gone
Rub a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on your temples and forehead to help relieve headaches. The mentholated scent will release pressure in your head and instantly relieve pain.
8. Humidify Your Sleep
Vicks VapoRub can be used in special types of humidifiers and vaporizers. Ensure your humidifier has an aromatherapy compartment before using. The humidifier will circulate Vicks throughout the air and keep you breathing easy all night long.
9. Paper Cuts and Splinters
To prevent infection and speed up healing time, dab a small amount of Vicks on any small cut or splinter.
10. Ticks and Bugs
If you get bitten by a tick, apply Vicks immediately. The strong odor might help get the critter to release itself and stop bugging you.
11. Reek-free Racehorses
Professional racers smother VapoRub under the nostrils of racehorses on race day. The strong stench deters the stallions from the alluring odor of the female pony and keeps them focused on the race.
12. Go Away Mosquitoes
Apply small dabs of Vicks VapoRub to your skin and clothes and mosquitoes will steer clear. If you do get bitten, apply Vicks to the area and cover it with a Band-Aid to relieve itching.
wwcitizen: (Tax Season - UGH)
I just changed my settings on Twitter NOT to post my tweets to LiveJournal. I hate the format, the re-tweets are impersonal, and just, well. Ugh. It's all too much.

BUT, my LJ posts do go to Twitter!  So, yay that.  (<-- saying that makes me think of [livejournal.com profile] dendren).  :-)

HAPPY HUMP DAY, TOO!!
wwcitizen: (At Puter)
A buddy from Philly messaged me today in text and on Facebook. His note was about a picture that his neighbor showed him of this guy she's been chatting with from Colorado who's Italian and a veterinarian.  He recognized the face right away as Matthew and sent me the picture taken with his phone off her computer screen.  The picture on the left is from the girl's computer screen and the picture on the right is the original (same picture) that I took in 2008 during a trip to Newport, Rhode Island:
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It's strange to see your or a friend's face being used by someone else on their dating profile. I mean... what the hell are people thinking? When the guy shows up to meet the "person of his dreams", the expectant person won't recognize him!!  What's the point except maybe to get free naked shots of the person you're chatting with?  I dunno.

Years ago, just after I came out, I realized (naively) that people use others' photos or VERY outdated photos of themselves to entice people to meet them.  This one guy I met up with had posted pictures that were CLEARLY 15 years old and about 250 pounds earlier (not disparaging one's weight, cuz I ain't thin by any stretch! But when you say you're 6'2" and 185 lbs and you're obviously, really 5'10" and 350 lbs, that's a pretty drastic difference).  Another guy's pictures had been from about 20 years earlier.  On both accounts, having enough self-esteem and confidence, I told them nicely where they could put those photos and that they needed to be honest first with themselves, love themselves as they were, and then be honest with everyone else.

Why do that only with the greater possibility of being rejected?  If you've been rejected before because you didn't fit someone's bill, be honest with yourself and others from the get-go instead of having to (embarrassingly) admit that you're insecure!  I don't understand why people would want continuously to go through such rejection.
wwcitizen: (SteamPunk Stephen)
This is simply a link to another blog. BUT, the topic is Steampunk, which is "a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world." Steampunk is based on cyberpunk from the mid to late 80s and has progressed into many things - artwork (Thomas Willeford, Joshua Hipplethwaite <-- great names, btw), novels, movies (Time Machine, Golden Compass, Sherlock Holmes, Wily Wonka, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), blogs upon blogs, video games (Myst), animations (Monty Python), TV shows (Doctor Who, Warehouse 13), fashion (Etsy is full of it!), and even a Facebarf page, which leads its visitors to a company's website.  Steampunk's deepest roots go back to the 19th century with H.G. Wells and Emily Dickinson.

The attractions it holds for me are in the details, the metalwork, the sub-textual darkness (Emily Dickinson), the story, the old mixing with the futuristic.  This Candy Factory is a prime example of the intrigue, the beauty, and especially the underlying darkness or sadness of some of Steampunk's "message", if you will. Here are pictures lifted from the linked website before:
 

The sad part is that Steampunk, as we know and love it, might be over and done. It appears in a Justin Bieber video (Santa Claus is Coming to Town) and it's TERRIBLE. I'm not even going to entertain it with a link here. I don't want to promote that. It's plastic and out of context (IMHO). Critics are saying the video is the demise of Steampunk and the "movement" will wain as a result. I would  hope that the likes of Justin Bieber wouldn't have THAT great an influence on a worldwide trend.
wwcitizen: (Cooking Lion)
Matthew watches this fabulous Korean religiously.  I can hear the videos when he's watching her - her voice is kind of high and she reminds me of shopping at one of our local H Marts.  Her name is Maanchi. She has both a website (with a store, of course) and a YouTube channel.  Sometimes when she cooks and explains what she's cooking (or has cooked), she wears a fascinator.

(I secretly wish sometimes that they made fascinators for men, but I don't think they'd catch on here.)    
wwcitizen: (At Puter)
It's somebody's birthday today
It's somebody's birthday today
The candles are lighted on somebody's cake
and we're all invited for somebody's sake
An old-fashioned table is set
for the one that we'll never forget
Happy Birthday to you and many more too
Because it's your birthday today.

This is an old song. I heard it at the very end of a video this morning that brought tears to my eyes. My sister sent this link on 22 Words this morning about secrets that this guy has collected over a few years. You should really watch this video - especially toward the end.  I tend to do the same thing that that person did - and how sweet a memory.
wwcitizen: (NC - Lighthouse)
My dad forwards around a LOT of emails that contain cartoons, political rants, or picture collections, sometimes videos, and even sometimes things that I'd want to re-post.  Here's a "gem-dandy", as he'd call it, that is useful. I'm sure I'll find this line-up in my bathroom book "Extra-ordinary Uses for Ordinary Things", once I make my way through the whole thing.

You can buy 1,000 at discount stores (in the US, we have Dollar Trees where individual items cost $1), even the large filters.
1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.
2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome... Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.
3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.
*4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.
5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.
*7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.
**9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.
**11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.
**12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters..
13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them.. It soaks out all the grease.
**14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers..." 
15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.
16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.
**17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.
18 Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car..
**19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.
20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.
21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.
**22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.
23. Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a zip-lock plastic bag until they sprout.
24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book. (HEY!  A new use for those old phone books!! Flag for another topic.)
**25. Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.
26. Great in the tool room when separating nails and screws then use in to bottom of containers to remove moisture and prevent rust.
Oh, and one more use: as regular coffee filters!  Almost forgot that one!

* We've done this!
**This suggestion is a little "White Trash" IMHO.
   
wwcitizen: (AnxiousFace)
Be aware that there are bots comments on LJ ... AND emails to your profile on LinkenIn, in case you have a profile there.  Here's an email from a "Sharon jamallove" to my LinkedIn account:
____________________________________________________________

LinkedIn

Sharon jamallove has sent you a message.

Date: 12/24/2011

Subject: My dearest,

My dearest,
With hope this mail will get you at your good health.I am pleased to write to have a good relationship with you.
My name is Miss Sharon ,good looking,sincere and honest young girl.I need a sincere and honest friend that will lead to a long lasting relationship.I am hoping for kind your response if i interest you,so we can share pictures and know ourselves more.I will send my picture when i hear from you,i wish to have yours too.
you can contact me with my private email (sharonjamallove@blechblechblechblech.com) or send me
Your email id for more introduction
Yours sincere friend,
Sharon Jamal

____________________________________________________________

I think that I would like to meet the person - in a public setting with together with friends - who responds to this note and follows up with Sharon.  I would like to see that person, ask them a few questions... and then leave. Quickly.

Oh, in case you happen to be one of "those people" who are easily duped by emails such as the one above, my advice would be not to respond to them.  (My public posts get cross-posted to FB, so there's every possibility that someone else outside of the LJ realm would read this and be helped!)
wwcitizen: (At Puter)
Yesterday and on Thursday, I was looking for some holiday pictures, specifically Saturday Evening Post covers, because they depict warm American scenes - for the most part.  Especially Norman Rockwell.

In the process, I discovered this really great site for magazine covers, including Saturday Evening Post covers.  I had forgotten about all the other, non-Norman Rockwell covers.  I ended up spending hours looking through (and saving) tons of covers.  Check them out!  Some of them are quite inspiring in their own way.

HAPPY WEEKEND!!
wwcitizen: (At Puter)
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wwcitizen: (At Puter)
It was surprising to discover that Amazon.com doesn't have "partner" or "domestic partner" as an option to select from their "Relationship" drop-down box in their Gift Organizer. Granted, they might have their headquarters in a state that allows same-sex marriage; there's also the philosophy of "Be the change you want to happen," as pointed out by my partner.

Still, I'm sending Amazon a note today to encourage them to add that option to the drop-down list. The gender drop-down already exists, so "husband" or "wife" isn't necessary. And, gay or not, it's an important distinction as even straight folks can have domestic partnership without getting married and being "husband" or "wife" to the other. :-)

(pssst... the title of this post implies that I have a beef with Amazon and a bone to pick with them...)
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Happy 7 billionth person on the planet today!! (give or take 56,000,000 - 56 million). Guess where the tipping point person is? INDIA!! A little girl born there today on Oct. 31, 2011, is claimed to be the 7,000,000,000th person in the world. 'Tis highly doubtful, but celebratory, nonetheless.
wwcitizen: (At Puter)
We found a new Italian pizzeria down the road has an online order form! YAY! I went through the the process of ordering a pizza, some apps, soup (for my voice), and other things for lunch/dinner tomorrow. The ordering process wasn't as easy or fail-proof as it should be, but it worked... OK.

At the end, we put in our credit card, hit submit, and got the confirmation number... OK. There was no order listed as to what we'd actually order to check to make sure that we'd get what we ordered when it arrived (which I know you don't get when you're ordering Chinese, but at least we tick off the stuff we want before we call the place). So, I used my browser to "go back" to the previous page. Uh-oh.

Someone else's order from a totally different restaurant for Thai food, which was not the order (or total) I placed. That concerned me enough to try to contact the order company, but there's no phone number in order to follow up. There's only an online form. Luckily, before I confirmed and placed the order, I noticed a "get a confirmation phone call for your order" check box, which I checked. They just called after I sent the order company a note about the snafu.

Hope they get their kinks worked out - I'm sure they will. The company "OrderItOn" seems to have a nationwide presence. If you're interested to see whether they're in your neighborhood, look them up!

Oh. And we thought about starting our detox tomorrow, but that would be too cliche. We're starting the "Bear Week vodka debauchery" detox tomorrow. BUT, I'm happy to report that I found my new favorite vodka up there and promptly bought a gallon of it, which Matt and I proudly finished within 7 days, along with a small bottle of cupcake-flavored vodka by Desiree - not advisable.

Back to watching TV and awaiting Italian food. YUM!!

Lean Six?

May. 3rd, 2011 07:50 pm
wwcitizen: (Rainbow Flag)
I suppose that no one in their marketing department realized how homo-erotic or suggestive this little "66" logo is in reality:
wwcitizen: (Laughing Bear)
My sister posted the link to this photo gallery on her Facebook wall the other day. It's totally worth reviewing and made me giggle out loud quite a few times. You can tell that some of the pictures are reworked to come degree, but I believe that they're all old photos nonetheless.
wwcitizen: (TSiTD_Meme)
Though this is not as strong as it USED to be when I lived around Trenton, I suppose I can claim that it's still very similar to Philadelphia. But, depending on how tired or drunk I am, or around which group I've been hanging, I might have a more southern, NY, Boston, or Canadian accent. My sister calls me a linguistic sponge, which kind of sums it up. Have fun if you wanna take this quiz.


What American accent do you have?
Your Result: Philadelphia
 

Your accent is as Philadelphian as a cheesesteak! If you're not from Philadelphia, then you're from someplace near there like south Jersey, Baltimore, or Wilmington. if you've ever journeyed to some far off place where people don't know that Philly has an accent, someone may have thought you talked a little weird even though they didn't have a clue what accent it was they heard.

The Midland
 
The South
 
The Inland North
 
The Northeast
 
Boston
 
The West
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
wwcitizen: (At Puter)
Got this note from the bookstore in Greenville in response to my email to them about the shipping costs vs. the shipping time. I hedged my bets in contacting the guy and expected nothing more from him. But, this came along!
_________________________________________________________________

Stephen,

I am sorry you were unsatisfied with your experience with us. I have issued a refund of $3.99 for the shipping price on one book.

I ship all my orders via USPS Media Mail. All my book listings show this in checkout: my standard shipping period is from 4 to 14 days. For standard shipping Amazon.com automatically charges a flat rate of $3.99 per book.

Again, my apologies and I hope you have a happy holiday.

DE Books
_________________________________________________________________

YIPPEE!! It does pay to speak out! If not for your own personal vindication, but in the hopes that others do the right thing. Now this guy gets positive feedback.

The guy didn't go to school with me, though. I removed his name "to protect the innocent."

Happy holidays, indeed!
wwcitizen: (Santa Steve)
Most of my Christmas gifts get ordered online anymore. Ordering online, as you know, lessens holiday stress, saves gasoline & mileage, and just makes the whole experience fun in my book.

Speaking of books, one of the presents I got is a book (not revealing which book or for whom because sometimes my family reads my public posts - knowing one of my sisters, though, she'll go filing through their books to see which one it might be. Good luck, Deborah!!). Because the book is now out of print, I looked on eBay and Amazon through their extra sellers.

Well!! This particular extra seller ((DE Books on Amazon)) is located in my hometown of Greenville, NC. I thought, "Wouldn't it be funny to find out that the seller is a high school friend of mine?"

I placed an order with DE Books on Amazon on Dec. 9 for standard shipping, which would mean that the item would arrive at a cost of $7.98. The shipping rates are typically inflated to cover the cost of shipping materials and the time it takes to package up the items. I understand this process because Matt and I do it for eBay items regularly. This time around, though, in comparing $7.98 to online USPS postage pricing, I thought, "The book should arrive by Dec. 16 at the latest!" It arrived yesterday, Dec. 18, which is a day after I'd already packaged up items to send out to NC in time for Christmas; and I didn't spend a lot of money, but everything in the package is wrapped!

I was so livid that the book arrived late and wasn't included in the shipment to NC. Granted, I will be carrying it with me, but as an online seller myself, I take umbrage with the fact that these guys charged me more than twice the media rate and the item arrived late!! If they'd spent a little more (of my money), but still making $1-2, the book would have arrived by Dec. 15!!

Amazon allows you to contact the seller, (DE Books on Amazon), which I've done:

"Hi, On this order, I requested standard shipping, which is (oddly) $7.98, and the item arrived on 12/18. Standard shipping* (3-5 business days) should have helped the package arrive by 12/16 at the latest. On the package, you selected USPS Media Mail for books. While I realize this is a good way to ship books because it's less expensive, Media Mail takes longer to arrive. If you want to make money on the shipping fee during the holidays, resulting in later arrivals of shipments, that is really bad business (and can be reflected in feedback).

However, if you had chosen USPS Priority Mail as the option, the items would have been here in 2 business days (i.e. 12/14 at the latest) instead of 7 at a cost of $5.95. I am writing to request a refund of $4, which I think is fair (and you still make money on your shipping): As a result of your choosing the later shipping, I will not be able to send the package wrapped to its destination by Christmas, which is VERY disappointing.

* Please refer to the posted Amazon Shipping Rates & Policies at the bottom of every page."

I think this is a fair request. I don't really care about $4. It's the principle of the thing. Online sellers try to make extra money on shipping, I get it. Like I said, I've done it, but within reason. If the actual price of shipping items comes to less than half of what the person has already paid, without question, we will refund a split. It might turn out to be $2-3, but it's the giving thing to do. Around the holidays, I like to think (against my better judgment) that people will have a little bigger heart; when they don't, I call them on it.

I doubt this will come to anything and the guy will hang onto that $4 for all it's worth - in this economy. I completely expect that. While writing this whole thing out, I felt it was kind of petty. But, dammit, it's not. My feedback will not be positive, but at least in this little exchange, my voice will have been heard, and ultimately THAT is what's important and what makes me American.

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